Update on Rock Island news

Posted Online: April 17, 2013, 11:11 am
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Press release submitted by city of Rock Island

Update Rock Island is a segment at City Council meetings given by Mayor Dennis Pauley focusing on news in Rock Island. The video segment from the meeting is available on YouTube.

Community Shred Collection Day – Mark your calendars for the library annual drive up and drop off event for shredding personal papers. The free Community Shred Collection Day is Thursday, April 25, from 3:30 pm-5:30 pm in the alley outside the Main Library. Please note that Thursday is correct, there is was an error in the Township newsletter. Representatives from Document Destruction & Recycling Services will be on hand to collect personal papers for secured bulk shredding at their monitored facility in Davenport. For additional shred days held at other libraries, check the Money Smart website or call (309) 732-7303.

Stargazing & Planet Viewing - Augustana College's John Deere Planetarium, 820 38th Street, will be open to the public on Saturday, April 20, 2013 for a free evening of stargazing and planet viewing. The planetarium will be open from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm, with indoor and outdoor programs. This year's open house will feature views of Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet, and Saturn, with its magnificent ring system. Telescopes will reveal both planets as well as the mountains and craters of the Earth's Moon. The observation areas are unheated, so dress according to the weather. In the event of cloudy weather, telescope views may not be possible, but the indoor programs will be offered. For more information, please contact Gail Parsons at (309) 794-7318.

Golf Course Season Specials - Saukie Golf Course is offering a season special of $23.00 for an 18-hole round of golf and a cart every day after 10:00 am. Saukie Golf Course is conveniently located in the heart of Rock Island at the intersection of 31st Avenue and 38th Street. Call (309) 732-CART (2278) to set up a tee time. At Highland Springs Golf Course Pay for 9, Play 18 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Highland Springs is located in southwest Rock Island at 9500 35th Street West. Call (309) 732-PARS (7277) to set up a tee time.

Flamingo Follies – The QC Botanical Center is pleased to ask you to partake in the Flamingo Follies this summer. This exhibit will be an opportunity for regional artists to showcase their talent. Each artist who participates will be given a pink plastic flamingo lawn ornament to work your artistic magic on. You may paint, mosaic, turn it inside out, or plaster it. The method will be up to you as the creator. The artistically altered flamingos will be placed in our gardens for the exhibit "Flamingo Follies". For a registration form and deadline dates, email Beth at vs@qcgardens.com.

Citizen of Year Volunteers – Planning has started for the Citizen of the Year nominations. Council members Chuck Austin and Joy Murphy have volunteered to be a part of this year's committee.


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  Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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